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Miami Exports a Little Heat to Sioux Falls

There’s no doubt that Sioux Falls has staying power.  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Not long after he was released by the Oklahoma City Thunder in September, DeAndre Liggins learned that the N.B.A. Development League affiliate of the Miami Heat had acquired him. Liggins, a shooting guard, figured the team was in Florida. He was wrong.

“They said it was in South Dakota,” Liggins recalled last month. “I said, ‘What?’ ”

The Sioux Falls Skyforce, who are bound for the D-League playoffs, and the Heat, who have won two consecutive N.B.A. championships, have forged one of the more unusual and innovative partnerships in professional sports. Undaunted by geography, the Heat have allocated significant resources — staff, money and winter coats — to the Skyforce in an attempt to replicate their philosophies on a D-League scale. That this is happening in South Dakota, of all places, is no accident.

Read the rest of Scott Cacciola’s article in the New York Times.

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